Hauser & Wirth reopened its Downtown Arts District complex, on July 1, 2020 by appointment only. Exhibitions devoted to Lucio Fontana and August Sander that debuted in February just weeks before the quarantine period, have been extended (see below for more info on these exhibitions). See a review by Juri Koll of these two solo shows on our Reviews Page – CLICK HERE for the direct link.
Lucio Fontana, a visionary whose revolutionary practice continues to influence contemporary movements worldwide, conceived of his first environmental work in 1948, predating the conceptual achievements of Robert Irwin, James Turrell, and Donald Judd by more than a decade.Arranged chronologically and beginning with Fontana’s first spatial work, the exhibition will feature 9 self-contained installations spanning from 1948 to 1968, revealing the artist’s revolutionary approach to artmaking in order to ‘open up space, create a new dimension, tie in the cosmos, as it endlessly expands beyond the confining plane of the picture.’ Through collaboration with the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan, this landmark exhibition, curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, will highlight Fontana’s critical contribution to the evolution of conceptual art and the confluence of art with science and technology as a means to explore aspects of human perceptual experience.
Hauser & Wirth has partnered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to present “August Sander: New Women, New Men, and New Identities,” an exhibition that brings together pathbreaking portraits by renowned German photographer August Sander (1876 – 1964) with original examples of the first gay and lesbian journals ever published. This presentation marks the first solo exhibition in Los Angeles in over a decade devoted to Sander’s pioneering work. Organized by Stephanie Barron, senior curator and head of modern art, LACMA, and independent curator Nana Bahlmann, the exhibition is a project of ‘Weimar Variations.’ The collection of public events is part of the LA Phil’s month-long, citywide festival ‘Weimar Republic: Germany 1918 – 1933,’ a wide-ranging and dramatic array of programs led by Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen and exploring the musical culture of the politically-charged Weimar era (1918 – 1933) in Germany.
Looking forward….A new presentation devoted to the early paintings of the celebrated, inventive postwar artist Ed Clark will open mid-August 2020.
For more info, visit the website – https://www.hauserwirth.com/